Senate Democrats are expressing national security concerns over President Trump’s reported use of an unsecured personal smartphone.
The Hill reports that two Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee — Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Tom Carper (Del.) — issued a letter on Monday to Defense Secretary James Mattis requesting details on the president’s smartphone.
The letter from the two senators reads:
“The national security risks of compromising a smartphone used by a senior government official, such as the President of the United States, are considerable.” The letter argued that “hackers are sometimes successful even when smartphone users take recommended precautions and restrict access to their personal information. These vulnerabilities are among the reasons why national security agencies discourage the use of personal devices.”
Additionally, the lawmakers maintain that Trump’s Twitter account may not be properly archived if he’s sending them from his personal phone.
The issue over this phone became a concern when The New York Times reported in January that Trump still had an “old, unsecured Android phone, to the protests of some of his aides.”
As a result, McCaskill and Carper are demanding that the Defense Information System Agency (DISA) provides a written response to whether Trump was given a secured smartphone for personal use before or since his inauguration and to confirm what phone he is currently using.
The senators also want DISA to furnish details by Mar. 9 regarding what steps they plan to take “to protect the president’s personal smartphone and if they coordinated with the Secret Service and National Security Agency on the guidelines or consulted the National Archives and Records Administration,” says the report.
H/T: The Hill
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